Jerusalem Mathematics Colloquium

Thursday, 21 January 1999, 4:00 pm
Mathematics Bldg., lecture hall 2

Prof. Jonathan Beck (Chicago and Bar-Ilan)

"Quantum groups, quivers, and representations"


Quantum groups, introduced by physicists to model observables for the quantum scattering problem, have a variety of mathematical applications. Among these, the best known examples are to link invariants and to the representation theory of semisimple Lie groups and Lie algebras.

In this lecture I trace one such development due to G. Lusztig---the introduction of a basis for the universal enveloping algebra of a Borel subalgebra U(b), which when projected to finite dimensional quotient modules remains a basis.

As time permits, I will discuss the extension of the theory to affine Lie algebras and the important connection to the combinatorics of symmetric functions.

Coffee, Cookies at the faculty lounge at 3:30.

You are invited to join the speaker for further discussion after the talk at Beit Belgia.

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